Fox News Bans Guest Analyst Who Said Torture 'Worked' on John McCain

Fox News Bans Guest Analyst Who Said Torture 'Worked' on John McCain

Kelly Sadler, a White House special assistant, reportedly made the snide remark during a Thursday meeting with communications staffers when talking about McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel.

Sanders refused to comment on the controversy at a press briefing on Friday, and Sadler remains gainfully employed at the White House.

Sanders tells reporters she's 'not going to validate a leak out of an internal staff meeting one way or the other.' She did not mention McCain's name.

A White House spokesman did not dispute the report and issued a statement on behalf of the White House: "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

Last year, McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.

During the meeting, White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp defended Sadler, saying the private comments shouldn't have been leaked to the media, the person said.

Responding Saturday to the controversial comments, Republican Sen. John McCain as the Arizona Republican battles brain cancer, calling him "a hero" who "dedicated his life to public service" and saying that his "thoughts and prayers" are with him and his family. "That's why they call him 'Songbird John.' Those methods can work and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said".

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Sen. McCain, a Navy pilot who was beaten in captivity during the Vietnam War, has urged his fellow senators to reject Haspel.

"I don't understand what kind of environment you're working in when that would be acceptable and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job", Meghan McCain said on The View. "I like people that weren't captured".

"Certainly there is not a tone set here", Sanders said.

"Given this White House's trail of disrespect toward John and others, this staffer is not the exception to the rule; she is the epitome of it", Biden said in his statement.

As for the president, he and McCain have had a troubled relationship. We have a respect for all Americans.

McCain said that while he understands the urgency that drove the decision to resort to the so-called enhanced interrogation methods to keep the nation safe, it is also important that the methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency "must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world". "That is something we try to do in both word and action".

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